Drug investigators find an estimated $240,000 worth of heroin in vacant Akron house

Drug investigators seized several bricks of heroin with a street value of nearly a quarter-million dollars from a rarely-used home.

Christopher Anthony, 27, of Akron, who was found at the home, faces first-degree felony drug trafficking charges in Akron Municipal Court. He is being held in the Summit County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Federal Drug Enforcement Agents notified Summit County Drug Task Force officers in January that an informant told them that an often vacant house in the 1700 block of Wakefield Drive sometimes turned into a busy drug house.

The DEA agent notified task force officers Feb. 27 of a flurry of activity at the home. Officers went there and watched as 15 cars pull up to the home. Several people went inside and left after about 20 minutes, according to court records.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol officer working with drug investigators stopped an SUV leaving the home. A trooper found more than three ounces of heroin inside two duffle bags, court records say.

The task force raided the home and found three bricks of heroin, two black balls of heroin, drug-mixing equipment and drug packaging. Investigators seized close to seven pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of $240,000, court records say.

Investigators found Anthony inside the house during the raid. Anthony has four previous felony convictions for possessing drugs.

He was found with 3.6 grams of crack cocaine and some marijuana in 2007. Anthony was also convicted of trafficking cocaine in 2009 and was sentenced to 18 months in prison after violating probation.

He was sentenced to 10 months in prison in 2012 after being convicted in two separate drug cases.

A state trooper found Anthony in 2011 with six grams of crack and a drug scale hidden in his underwear during a traffic stop. Akron police in 2012 stopped a car Anthony was in and found crack littered across his seat and the floor where he was sitting. They also found a crack rock under his seat.

Another man at the home, Juan Sheppard, 25, was charged with fifth-degree felony drug possession. He was jailed on $250,000 bond.

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